Injured tramper airlifted to safety

23:48, Jan 28 2013

A Mt Aspiring College pupil has been airlifted by helicopter from Mount Aspiring National Park after a beacon was set off, Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand says.

The beacon, registered to Mount Aspiring College hostel, was set of at 9.45am this morning near the Rock of Ages bivouac, at the eastern end of the Matukituki Valley.

Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand spokesman Michael Flyger said the beacon was registered to a group of 30 students and five or six adults.

At 10.55 am, a helicopter from Aspiring Helicopters with search and rescue crew and a medical team uplifted male pupil with a badly sprained ankle. He was taken to Wanaka for treatment, Mr Flyger said.

The incident happened 11km from a road end and it would have been a difficult walk, especially carrying an injured person, Mr Flyger said.

''The group had the right safety equipment and did the right thing activating the beacon saving rescuers a lot of time and trouble.''

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